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 Live electrical work safe work method statement/job safety analysis  

Live electrical work

Live work is electrical work on energised parts of electrical equipment, and includes testing and fault finding on energised electrical parts but not limited to:

  • Fault finding on an energised relay panel;
  • Polarity testing at a switchboard;
  • Tightening terminals of live circuit breakers

Tasks

Tasks associated with live work on energised electrical equipment would include:

  • Job preparation and planning prior to undertaking live work to identify all potential hazards;
  • Obtain and complete entry permits and permit to work;
  • Establishing an exclusion zone where energised electrical services and electrical parts are present;
  • Working in an established exclusion zone for an electrical part;
  • Identification of asbestos containing materials and products as per Asbestos Register;
  • Working at heights requiring use of an EWP, fall arrest system, etc;
  • Selection and use of insulated tools, test instruments, devices and equipment used on energised electrical equipment;
  • Safety observer requirements and duties when undertaking live work within close proximity of energised electrical services or parts;
  • Undertaking live work on energised electrical equipment;
  • Leaving unfinished live electrical work in a safe manner;
  • Handling, decanting and use of hazardous chemicals, products, etc;
  • Hazardous manual tasks and ergonomic issues when undertaking live electrical work;
  • Selection of personal protective equipment (PPE);
  • Compliance with specific controls as per a work health and safety regulation, code of practice, standard;
  • Assess risk to workers undertaking live electrical work.

Online SWMS/JSA safe work method statement subscription service

WHS compliance has never been easier with your safe work method statement or job safety analysis prepared by ex WHS Qld Government Workplace Health and Safety Inspectorate in consultation with Industry OHS Representatives to comply with Work Health and Safety Legislation, Codes of Practice, Industry Standards and Australian Standards.

As a subscriber to a WHS online safe work method statement SWMS or job safety analysis JSA you and your employees can:

  • Access and view the work method statement, swms or jsa real time from any web capable device e.g. mobile phone, tablet, laptop, etc (for best results we recommend using the web browser Safari); and
  • Print the safe work method statement, swms or jsa sign off sheet and approval form including change management approval in a pdf format or hard-copy via the print option; and
  • Email the safe work method statement, swms or jsa notification advising a principal contractor, PCBU's and workers as to any specific controls to be implemented at a workplace for which the swms or jsa relates to; and
  • Never worry again about amendments, updates and versions; and
  • WHS maintain one controlled version of the safe work method statement or job safety analysis online as part of our continual improvement process; and
  • That means there can be no confusion as you and your employees are all using the same safe work method statement, swms or jsa at the same time, leaving you to concentrate on your business.

How do you access and implement the safe work method statement or job safety analysis?

To get you online, working, implementing and demonstrating safety compliance management, it's as easy as:

  • Log in via a mobile phone using your username and password;
  • Complete and email the safe work method statement, swms or jsa notification with user access to a principal contractor, PCBU's and workers for a specific workplace; and
  • That's it unless you need to print the sign off sheet, hazard and risk controls or change management approval form.

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 Example Safe work method statement / job safety analysis live electrical work  

The sample safe work method statement electrical live electrical work is an extract of the first two identified health and safety hazards associated with the undertaking of live electrical work.

  • The business logo and administrative details you provide at time of purchase shall replace those that you see in the sample safe work method statement/job safety analysis.

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 Live electrical work safe work method statement  

 Hazard  
 Risk/outcome  
 Control measures  
 Implementation of controls  
Consultation not undertaken with workers as to undertaking live work on energised electrical equipment.Workers shall be exposed to risk of death or serious injury where they have not participated in the consultation process relevant to undertaking live work on energised electrical equipment.

Sustainable injuries would include but not be limited to:

  • First aid medical treatment for cuts and abrasions;
  • Falls from heights resulting in multiple fractures;
  • Electrocution;
  • Cardiac arrest;
  • Muscle, nerve, and tissue destruction;
  • Musculoskeletal injuries; and
  • Permanent disability.

Electrical Plumbing Group shall provide workers information, instruction, training and supervision as to the method and the controls to be implemented when undertaking live work on energised electrical equipment.Electrical Plumbing Group has a duty to ensure the health and safety of themselves, workers and other persons.

  • The preferred control is that electrical work only be undertaken on de-energised electrical equipment.
  • Live work on energised electrical equipment shall only be undertaken where:
  • It is in the interests of health and safety that the electrical work be carried out while the equipment is energised; or
  • It is necessary that the electrical equipment to be worked on is energised in order for the work to be carried out; or
  • It is necessary for the purpose of electrical testing as prescribed by work health and safety and electrical safety legislation; and
  • There are no alternative means of carrying out the work.

Consultation

Consultation shall occur between line management, workers and health and safety representatives as to the method of undertaking live work on energised electrical equipment.

The process of consultation shall assess the hazards generated as a result of undertaking live work on energised electrical equipment and take into consideration:

  • Nature of live work to be undertaken on energised electrical equipment. Review electrical drawings, specifications, etc;
  • Could an alternative means of undertaking the work on the electrical equipment be adopted with less risk to persons e.g. de-energising of equipment;
  • Conduct a risk assessment to identify all potential hazards and risks associated with undertaking live work on energised electrical equipment;
  • Consultation with the person having management or control of the building or property as to nature of the proposed live electrical work;
  • What plant and equipment and number of persons shall be undertaking the work as this shall determine the number of persons to be assigned as safety observers;
  • Isolation of hazards within the immediate work area;
  • Identification of isolation point;
  • Allocate and assign appropriate duties to a safety observer on each occasion for the work to be undertaken;
  • Currency of a workers qualifications and competencies required to undertake live work on energised electrical equipment e.g. CPR, LV Rescue training, etc;
  • Method of maintaining communication between a safety observer and workers when undertaking live work on energised electrical equipment;
  • Insulated tools, test equipment, insulating mats and sheeting shall be appropriate for the live work being undertaken and functioning correctly;
  • Presence of asbestos materials or products within an electrical switchboard, ceiling space, etc;
  • Access and task lighting when undertaking live work on energised electrical equipment;
  • Personal protective equipment required for the undertaking of live work on energised electrical equipment;
  • Wearing of metallic items e.g. rings, chains, etc;
  • Working at heights, prevention of persons, tools and materials falling;
  • Implementation of work permit systems for the undertaking on live work on energised electrical equipment;
  • Are persons at risk of injury when undertaking live work on energised electrical equipment?

Electrical Plumbing Group shall make a prepared for the undertaking of live work on energised electrical equipment available for perusal by workers.

Residual risk

Following the implementation of controls the risk should reduce to:

 Hazard  
 Risk/outcome  
 Control measures  
 Implementation of controls  
Introduction of hazards generated from undertaking live work on energised electrical equipment as a result of implementing proposed control measures. Workers shall be exposed to risk of death or serious injury where hazards are created as a result of implementing proposed control measures.

Sustainable injuries would include but not be limited to:

  • First aid medical treatment for cuts and abrasions;
  • Falls from heights resulting in multiple fractures;
  • Electrocution;
  • Cardiac arrest;
  • Muscle, nerve, and tissue destruction;
  • Musculoskeletal injuries; and
  • Permanent disability.

Control measures as per the hierarchy of controls shall be developed and implemented where additional hazards are generated as a result of workers undertaking live work on energised electrical equipment.
Electrical Plumbing Group shall ensure hazards generated as a result of undertaking live work on energised electrical equipment are identified with the hazard controlled.

Control measures

To eliminate or minimise risk of death or serious injury to workers and other persons, the person with management or control of the works shall ensure:

  • The risk of death or serious injury resulting due to the conduct of the task is assessed to determine a persons exposure;
  • Control measures to eliminate or minimise the risk of death or serious injury to persons shall be developed in consultation with workers;
  • Control measures as per the hierarchy of controls shall be implemented to prevent, or minimise a persons level of exposure to risk of death or serious injury;
  • Workers undertaking live work on energised electrical equipment shall be trained as to any new control/s to be implemented and informed as to the hazard notification process should additional hazards be identified.

Residual risk

Following the implementation of controls the risk should reduce to:

 Additional hazards and risks associated with the undertaking of live electrical work  

Additional hazards and risks identified with the internal fix-out of buildings for which control measures have been developed as per the risk identification process include:

  • Workers undertaking live work on energised electrical equipment without having been involved in the planning process.
  • Contact with energised electrical equipment, circuit, service or source.
  • Overhead electrical services at a workplace.
  • Asbestos containing materials.
  • Failure to implement personal decontamination processes for asbestos.
  • Working at a height whilst undertaking live work on energised electrical equipment.
  • Use of non-insulated tools within vicinity of energised electrical equipment.
  • Faulty test instruments, devices or equipment.
  • Failure to have a safety observer present.
  • Undertaking live work on energised electrical equipment.
  • Leaving unfinished live electrical work.
  • Hazardous chemicals and products used in the undertaking of live electrical work.
  • Hazardous manual tasks associated with undertaking live electrical work.
  • Workers not provided with the required personal protective equipment and having not received instruction as to method by which to wear an article of PPE.
  • Training not provided to workers undertaking live work on energised electrical equipment.
  • Housekeeping of a workplace not undertaken and/or no areas assigned for the storage of materials and plant.
  • Workers not advised of specific controls to be implemented to ensure compliance with Work Health and Safety Legislation, Codes of Practice and Standards.
  • Performance of tasks and activities undertaken in connection with the undertaking of live work on energised electrical equipment.
  • Failure to monitor the implementation of control measures.

How do you keep employees and clients current and up to date?

Simple each user be they an employee, contractor or client is assigned a unique username and password to access the controlled version of the live electrical work jsa/swms online.

  • Each user can access and view the online swms/jsa from a web capable device e.g. mobile phone with their username and password.
  • Line management personnel can access and print the safe work method statement/job safety analysis and online jsa/swms forms.
  • Line management personnel can send an swms/jsa email notification to a principal contractor, pcbu's and workers advising as to the details of the workplace, principal contractor, commencement and completion dates, person with management or control and any specific controls to be implemented for the safe undertaking of live electrical work.
  • Users are notified of an amendment to the job safety analysis/work method statement via the online ohs diary and email notification.

What we will do to get you online

As a WHS online safe work method statement or job safety analysis subscriber WHS shall:

  • Create a group user account for your business and assign the user access required by you and your employees.
  • Insert your company logo and business details throughout the online safe work method statement, swms or jsa for the purpose of work health and safety compliance.
  • Notify you if the work method statement or job safety analysis or it's safe operating procedures or methods are amended.

Ordering is simple

  1. Add the safe work method statement, job safety analysis or safe operating procedure and any additional swms's, jsa's or sop's you require to the shopping cart.

  2. Follow the checkout process, ensuring you attach your company logo in a high resolution JPEG format for inclusion in the online safe work method statement/job safety analysis.

  3. Complete your order and payment process. A Tax Invoice will be forwarded to the email address you provide.

What happens next?

Upon receipt of payment notification WHS shall:

  • Send you an email requesting any additional information we may require to create your group registration.
  • Within 2 hours, customise your online safe work method statement/job safety analysis to incorporate your company logo and relevant business details, and create the required subscriber user access and email details of usernames and passwords to you. Where our workload is excessive we reserve the right to extend this time frame to 24 hours.

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